"KICK" Start to Early Literacy

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SUPPORTING EARLY LITERACY

United Way of Hernando County's Kickball Tournament's purpose is to support early literacy and continue to provide Hernando preschool children free books to help them grow their own little library and prepare them for kindergarten. All proceeds from this the "KICK" Start to Early Literacy Kickball Tournament will benefit United Way’s Dolly Parton Imagination Library (DPIL) program, currently providing over 1,050 Hernando children with a free book every month from birth to age of five. The books are mailed directly to enrolled children regardless of their family’s economic status.

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Food Trucks:

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Entertainment:

                 PJ the DJ        Foto Fun Booth        Inflatable Party Express        foam party logo

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Vendors:    

NOW RECRUITING KICKBALL VENDORS

 If you're interested in becoming a vendor at United Way of Hernando County's upcoming  8th Annual “KICK” Start to Early Literacy Kickball Tournament, scheduled for Saturday, March 25th, then email Justine with your filled out vendor form through impact@unitedwayhernando.org

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Questions? Please email Justine at impact@unitedwayhernando.org or contact the United Way office 352-688-2026

Trucks: 

  • Monster TrucksTrucks-
  • FOP Truck
  • SWAT Truck
  • Sheriff's Office Vehicles
  • Hernando County Mosquito Control
  • And so much more!

Individual and Business Sponsorships are available for anyone interested in investing in a child’s future. Your donation will enroll children onto the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program where free books will be mailed directly to their homes every month from birth to age 5.

Business Sponsorships:                                                                                   sponsorship

Get your business involved and make a difference in the lives of thousands of youth in Hernando.

Individual Scholarships:

Questions? Please contact the United Way office 352-688-2026 or email Justine at impact@unitedwayhernando.org

 

Our Presenting Sponsor for 2023 is still available! If you're interested in being this years "Grand Slam Champion" then Click here for Sponsorship Recognition Packages.

 

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Kickball Player

2023 Team Line-Up: 

  • Barrette Knights (Barrette Outdoor Living)

Kickball Coach

2023 Celebrity Coaches:

  • Dr. Amy Anderson (PHSC)
  • April Johnson-Spence (Community Advocate)
  • Beth Narverud (BOCC)
  • Blake Bell (City of Brooksville)
  • Brian Hawkins (BOCC)
  • Christa Tanner (City of Brooksville)
  • Jerry Campbell (BOCC)
  • Jeff Rogers (Hernando County Government)
  • John Stratton (Hernando County Schools)
  • Paul Hasenmeier (Hernando County Fire Rescue)
  • Doug Chorvat (Hernando County Clerk of Circuit Court)

Previous Kickball Champions & Their Impact
  • 2016: "Just Kickin' It" from Publix at Brooksville Square

  • 2017: "Just Kickin' It" from Publix at Brooksville Square

  • 2018: "WRECking Crew" from Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative, Inc.

  • 2019: "WRECking Crew" from Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative, Inc.

  • 2020: "Brooksville Bombers" from Publix at Brooksville Square & Celebrity Coach Jeff Rogers

  • 2021: "WRECking Crew" from Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative, Inc. & Celebrity Coach Jeff Rogers

  • 2022: "Kicking Balls & Taking Listings" from 54 Realty & Celebrity Coach April Johnson-Spence

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March 26, 2022

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 54 Realty Crowned 2022 Kickball Champs

United Way Raises Over $22,716 for Childhood Literacy at Kickball Tournament

Spring Hill, FL – (March 26, 2022) – United Way of Hernando County hosted their 7th Annual "KICK" Start to Early Literacy Kickball Tournament at Anderson Snow Park on Saturday, March 26, 2022. Since 2016, local companies have battled it out in a friendly competition for the Ultimate Traveling Kickball Trophy. This year we decided to add even more amenities including a Food Truck Rally. The participation and turn out was absolutely amazing! We all came together as a community to support such a great cause.

Proceeds from this popular fundraising tournament benefit United Way’s Dolly Parton Imagination Library (DPIL), which supports childhood literacy by sending enrolled Hernando children a free book in the mail every month, from birth to age 5. The community came together to raise over $22,716 for DPIL, which will allow United Way to provide roughly 11,358 books and it will sponsor 872 children from birth to age 5.

After a long afternoon of Hernando businesses vying for the Championship Trophy, the final matchup came down between Publix at Brooksville Square's "Brooksvegas Ballers" with Celebrity Coach Natalie Kahler from Brooksville Main Street and 54 Realty's "Kicking Balls & Taking Listings" with Celebrity Coach April Johnson-Spence, Community Advocate. It was a close game, but in the end The 54 Realty's "Kicking Balls & Taking Listings" were crowned the victors and the 2022 Kickball Champions.

 

A special thank you to all of our sponsors who proudly supported this fundraising event:

  • Get your Business involved and make a difference in the lives of many young children in Hernando.

  • Presenting Sponsor: Grand Slam Champion - Centennial Bank
  • Field Sponsor: Home Run Hero
  • Kickball Sponsor: Base Run Ballers
  • Yard Sign Sponsor: Double Play!
  • Click here to pay online!

Thank you to United Way’s Proud Partners at the Boys & Girls Club, Foundations of Life Pregnancy Center, Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind, Mid-Florida Community Service’s Early Start and Head Start, NAMI Hernando, and People Helping People for providing local resources for families in attendance. LifeSouth Community Blood Center’s Blood Mobile encouraged spectators to donate blood and save a life, and Terlep Chiropractic offered a coupon for discounted services with proceeds donated back to DPIL.

PJ the DJ from The Arc Nature Coast provided upbeat music all day for the attendees, and everyone loved snapping a keepsake picture with the life-size cutout of Dolly Parton at the Foto Fun Booth. United Way would also like to thank National Anthem singer Erika Iglesias and, Hernando County Parks and Recreation, and United Way of Hernando County volunteers, Board Members, and Kickball Planning Committee Members for generously donating their time, talents, and efforts to help make this event such a success.

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2022 Kickball Champs: "Kicking Balls & Taking Listings" 54 Realty

Celebrity Coach April Johnson-Spence and Team Tim Pulmadore, Joey Favace, Ashley Read, Steven Read, Lamon Neal, Alex Ontivenos, Bobby Read, Dave Williams, Ryan Nutter, Brandon Wright, Devin Mormando, Tiffany Mormando, Katie Wright, Katie McCarthy

For more information on available opportunities for community involvement, visit www.UnitedWayHernando.org/Kickball

For more information, visit www.UnitedWayHernando.org/Kickball or like our event on Facebook.

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United Way of Hernando County, Inc.:
United Way of Hernando County (UWHC) was established as a 501c3 organization in 1987, and since then has continuously focused on creating partnerships and mobilizing our community to seek sustainable solutions to some of the most pressing local needs.  UWHC strategically allocates Community Investment Funds in Health, Education, & Financial Stability programs with proven results and local impact. For more information on how YOU can LIVE UNITED, visit www.unitedwayhernando.org.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2021

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WRECking Crew Crowned 2021 Kickball Champs
United Way Raises Over $12,000 for Childhood Literacy at Kickball Tournament

Spring Hill, FL – (March 30, 2021) – United Way of Hernando County hosted their 6th Annual "KICK" Start to Early Literacy Kickball Tournament at Anderson Snow Park on Saturday, March 27, 2021. Since 2016, local companies have battled it out in a friendly competition for the Ultimate Traveling Kickball Trophy. This year, COVID-19 safety precautions were implemented for the protection of the players, volunteers, vendors, and spectators. This included temperature checks at check-in, sanitation stations around the park, and proving masks for each dugout and vendor table.

Proceeds from this popular fundraising tournament benefit United Way’s Dolly Parton Imagination Library (DPIL), which supports childhood literacy by sending enrolled Hernando children a free book in the mail every month, from birth to age 5. The community came together to raise over $12,000 for DPIL, which will allow United Way to provide 6,000 books to enrolled children to help build their personal library.

After a long morning of Hernando businesses vying for the Championship Trophy, the final matchup came down between Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative’s Team WRECking Crew and their Celebrity Coach Jeff Rogers, Hernando County Administrator and The Plumadore Group’s Team Kicking Balls & Taking Listings with their Celebrity Coach Doug Chorvat Jr., Clerk of Court & Comptroller. It was a close game, but in the end The WRECking Crew were crowned the victors and the 2021 Kickball Champions.

Thank you to the following businesses and their accompanying Celebrity Coaches (CC) who competed in this year’s event:

  • Team "O'Berry's All Stars" from Publix at Seven Hills --> CC Allissa O'Berry, Publix #411
  • Team "The Heat" from the HC Sheriff’s Office --> CC Sheriff Al Nienhuis, Hernando County Sheriff's Office
  • Team "Average Joe's" from Publix at Mariner Commons --> CC Beth Narverud, Hernando County Commissioner
  • Team "Dupuis Demolishers" from Publix Hernando West --> CC Billy & Kristie Healis, Walmart Dist. & HC County Judge
  • Team "If You Ain't Amerifirst, You're Last" from Amerifirst Home Mortgage --> CC Blake Bell, Brooksville City Council
  • Team "Champa Bay" from Timber Pines Community Association --> CC Chance Phillips, Beer Frog/Evom
  • Team "Schwiftey Business" from Publix at Brooksville Square --> CC Chris Linsbeck, Hernando County Parks & Recreation
  • Team "Eleven Ninety Great" from Publix at Glen Lakes --> CC Doug Chorvat, Clerk of Court
  • Team "Oops! We Kicked It Again" from Publix Lakewood Plaza --> CC Dr. Eddie Williams, PHSC
  • Team "The Done Dealers" from Publix Avalon --> CC Dr. Joanie Davis, Davis Family Hearing
  • Team "Kicking Balls & Taking Listings" from The Plumadore Group --> CC Jeff Holcomb, Hernando County Commissioner
  • Team "WRECking Crew" from Withlacoochie River Electric Coop. --> CC Jeff Rogers, County Administrator
  • Team "World's Okayest Kickballers" from HC Schools --> CC Superintendent John Stratton, Hernando County School District
  • Team "Barrette Knights" from Barrette Outdoor Living --> CC Josh McGuire, Texas Roadhouse
  • Team "NO BASE LIKE HOME" from Century 21 Alliance Realty --> CC Marilyn Pearson Adams, Century 21 Alliance Realty
  • Team "Pitches Be Crazy" from Publix at Barclay --> CC Marvelous Marvin, HITS 106

Returning for the popular Mascot Fun Run were Andy the Armadillo from Texas Roadhouse, Pikachu, Carey the Cow, and Tommy the T-Rex. They were joined by newcomers Teachable T-Rex from Mid Florida Community Services Head-Early Head Start, Pasco Hernando State College’s Boomer the Bobcat, Olaf from Terlep Chiropractic, and the Shark from Nature Coast Technical High School. It was a close race, but in the end Tommy the T-Rex was crowned victorious.

Congratulations to all of the raffle winners!

  • Alex Killorn hat: John M.
  • TreeUmph!: Kelly G.
  • ZooTampa: Yamil F.
  • Wonderworks: Celeb Coach Jeff R.
  • Autographed Mike Evans football: Brandon S.
  • Mascot Fun Run: Cindy

A special thank you to all of our sponsors who proudly supported this fundraising event:

Thank you to United Way’s Proud Partners at the Boys & Girls Club, Foundations of Life Pregnancy Center, Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind, Mid-Florida Community Service’s Early Start and Head Start, NAMI Hernando, and People Helping People for providing local resources for families in attendance. LifeSouth Community Blood Center’s Blood Mobile encouraged spectators to donate blood and save a life, and Terlep Chiropractic offered a coupon for discounted services with proceeds donated back to DPIL.

With a high of 92 degrees on Saturday, United Way was fortunate to have BrainFreeze Italian Ice on site cooling off attendees with their delicious desserts, and Texas Roadhouse grilled hotdogs and hamburgers for the players, volunteers, and attendees. Mid Florida Community Services and Target sponsored a grab-and-go breakfast for players and volunteers.

PJ the DJ from The Arc Nature Coast provided upbeat music all day for the attendees, and everyone loved snapping a keepsake picture with the life-size cutout of Dolly Parton at the Foto Fun Booth. United Way would also like to thank National Anthem singer and Challenger K8 teacher Jonathan Kryk, Hernando County Parks and Recreation, and United Way of Hernando County volunteers, Board Members, and Kickball Planning Committee Members for generously donating their time, talents, and efforts to help make this event such a success.

group picture of kickball winners

2021 Kickball Champs: WRECking Crew from Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative

Celebrity Coach Jeff Rogers and Team David Gonzalez, Al Lemire, Zach Sorrentino, Jason Giddings,
Denine Sorrentino, Justin Owens, Rusty Lightbody, Justin Rubeo, Davd Moen, Taylor Scumaci,
Brittney Walker, Josh Velez, and Noah Torkelson.

For more information on available opportunities for community involvement, visit www.UnitedWayHernando.org/Kickball

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United Way of Hernando County, Inc.:
United Way of Hernando County (UWHC) was established as a 501c3 organization in 1987, and since then has continuously focused on creating partnerships and mobilizing our community to seek sustainable solutions to some of the most pressing local needs.  UWHC strategically allocates Community Investment Funds in Health, Education, & Financial Stability programs with proven results and local impact. For more information on how YOU can LIVE UNITED, visit www.unitedwayhernando.org.